MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
The Lymph System
The lymphatic system is a vital system of vessels that integrates with the circulatory and urinary system, playing a major part in immunity. It facilitates waste product removal and assists with bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells. Intersticial fluid, the fluid in between cells, contains proteins, excess fluid, viruses and bacteria. The lymph system picks up those waste products and then filters and cleans them.
The lymph system starts as tiny superficial vessels and eventually branch into deeper larger tubes that carry fluids back to the blood stream. These lymph vessels progress through the body passing through clearing stains called lymph nodes. Those delicate vessels and lymph nodes are the primary structure of the immune system.
Lymph nodes, among other things, filter the lymph fluid that passes through and re-absorb some of components to the blood stream while the rest of the Lymph passes along the vessels of the lymphatic system back to the thoracic ducts (at the base of the neck, under the collarbones) where the contents re-join the circulatory system, and go to the kidneys via the heart. The kidneys filter and process the blood and excrete the waste products as urine.
When the lymph system works well, we feel healthy and have a strong defense against illness. When it's sluggish or blocked--say after surgery or an injury--we can have swelling, feel tired, and be more susceptible to colds and infections.
Who Should Get It?
There are many reasons for the Lymphatic System to be sluggish and not working well, leaving fluid accumulated in the tissue. Toxins, poor nutrition, pollution, infections, surgery/injury, lymph nodes removal, damaged lymph vessels or lymph nodes, immobility etc are all things that can increase cellular stagnation.
Lymph massage can benefit just about everyone and it can have a powerful impact on your body's ability to heal. If you're feeling tired and low on energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or if you've been sick and feeling like your body is fighting to get back on track, lymph massage would likely serve you well.
Also, after a sports injury or surgery, lymph vessels can become overwhelmed with the demand placed on them. When tissues are swollen, deep tissue techniques may actually cause damage to the lymph vessels and surrounding structures. Lymphatic massage is often the treatment of choice, because it helps the body remove proteins and waste products from the affected area and reduce the swelling. This helps reduce pressure on cells and allows them to reproduce faster to heal the body.
Lymph massage can also be part of a care program for cancer patients who are receiving a treatment that causes edema. Ask your doctor to recommend this treatment.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a highly specialized form of massage, which uses soft, rhythmical, precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. It works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow. This technique is not the same as Swedish or deep tissue for example. LDM will remove fluid from tissue without first bringing extra load to the area in the form of circulation.
The main goal during the LDM is to restore the equilibrium in the tissues and ensure that which enters equals which departs. If there is too much fluid in the tissues, they become soft and 'boggy' to the touch. The excess fluid present can interfere with cell nutrition, causing the oxygen and nutrients to take longer to pass through the tissues and get from the bloodstream to the cells through the interstitial fluid. Also, the waste products from cells metabolism will take longer to be removed from the body.
60 minutes..... $69
90 minutes..... $99